Friday Five with HYP Co-Chair, Rebecca Heiss

Happy Friday, HYP! We are back with another "Friday Five." 

Spend five minutes of your Friday meeting Rebecca Heiss.  Or should we say Dr. Rebecca Heiss?  Read below to find out! 


HYP Position: Co-Chair

Hometown: Norwich, NY

What brought me to Hartsville: I moved south (to Memphis) for graduate school and couldn't bear to go back to the cold and dark. There was an opening at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and I leapt at it.

How long I've been in Hartsville: Since August 2012. I defended my PhD and literally moved the next day.

In real life I…(what my job is): am a professor of Biology at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Which basically means I stand in front of a classroom of kids that are smarter than me and make a fool of myself daily. It’s pretty awesome.

Three things to know about me:

  1. I love to cook. Give me a reason to get together (it’s Wednesday!) and you can count me in to throw a dinner party.
  2. I have a dog named Bird. It gets a little confusing at times when I call her by her nickname “Monkey.”
  3. I really don’t like to admit it, but I love karaoke. *It should be noted that I started to write “good karaoke” but I’m pretty sure that doesn't exist.

In my spare time you can find me: At the YMCA, biking with “da Polar Bears,” hiking Sandhills Reserve, traveling as much as possible.

My favorite local hot spot: Kalmia gardens. In the sunshine.

My favorite local food: Crepes at Midnight Rooster

My advice for someone new to town: Throw yourself into the mix. Show up at an HYP event or just grab a cold beverage at Vintage on some Thursday evening. The blessing and curse of living in a small town is that people WILL notice that you’re new. The good news is that people are extraordinarily friendly and helpful. If someone can’t help you themselves, you can bet they know someone else that can!

What I love most about this town: It’s potential. I think Hartsville is a really exciting place to live at the moment.  While I haven’t been here for very long, I feel like I came at the right time –people have seen Hartsville’s potential, are putting in the work,  and the town is really coming into its own.  There is always something to do, and new projects on the horizon.

Why I HYP: I believe in the power of people. Okay, I know it sounds cheesy, but I really do. There are a lot of great things about Hartsville and one of the greatest things is that people are willing and genuinely enthusiastic about making this town even better. I want to be a part of that movement.